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  •  Faith is irrational by definition... (8+ / 0-)

    Religious crusaders cannot be convinced or even shamed by inconvenient truths, rational argument or (god forbid) statistics.

    All challenges to their cause are the work of the devil testing their faith.  They are immune to thinking and only moved emotionally in one direction.

    Although, curiously, they may cite "reality based" information when it supports their mission, as if suddenly and temporarily "facts" matter.

    •  Yup (0+ / 0-)

      It's all insanity.

      Sponge Bob, Mandrake, Cartoons. That's how your hard-core islamahomocommienazis work.

      by Benito on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 12:53:13 PM PDT

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      •  Fear is a powerful movtivator... (0+ / 0-)

        Growing up hearing stories of hellfire (some shinks consider this child abuse) impairs ones ability to think logically and reinforces irrational fear of the unknown (and this of course helps the terrorists).

        Churches often support their community and the rituals are usually harmless, but despite their impressive marketing, I wouldn't purchase my philosophy there.

    •  Faith may be largely irrational (0+ / 0-)

      but that doesn't mean faithful people are.  Not anymore than sports fans or movie viewers or people who prefer dogs to cats or brunettes to blonds.  We all have our irrational aspects.  It doesn't make us all zealots.

      "As scientific knowledge advances, it does not mean that religious knowledge retreats." - horse69 on the bnet recon C&C board

      by lonespark on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 06:08:27 PM PDT

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      •  When acting from faith they are irrational... (0+ / 0-)

        The true believers in the absolute "Truth" may act like anyone else by coincidence (fortunately this is common).  However, if you tried to convince them of the error of a particular course, you would be up against "imaginary friends," afterlife climate, and such.  The lack of objective analysis based on experience is the source of the irrationality.

        Hypothetically, let's say we decide to invade a country because:

        A) Threat of WMD
        B) Almighty loves freedom

        Then Blix says there is no threat.  Do we stay the course?

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